BioWare: 17 More Dragon Age Games Coming

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BioWare: 17 More Dragon Age Games Coming

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When asked whether Dragon Age was a trilogy, Dr. Ray Muzyka from BioWare joked that there were seventeen more DA games coming.

With two highly successful franchises underway at BioWare, Dragon Age and Mass Effect, it was only a matter of time before someone asked the question of how many more games we could anticipate in each series. While Mass Effect is more of a hard trilogy with a defined story end point, Dr. Ray Muzyka, CEO, and Greg Zeschuk, creative officer at BioWare said that Dragon Age could have an "infinite" number of games in the franchise.

"We're planning for 17 games," said Dr. Muzyka with a laugh. He went on:

Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect are franchises so they have different strategies and different kinds of story arcs but we plan on continuing to make games and worlds and expanding on those worlds in both franchises. Both in different ways, but we want to continue to provide content to fans, whether that be separate games or new adventures that have very different kinds of gameplay. So we have some cool stuff for both of them that we're exploring that'll be fun and different for the fans, and yet in a familiar setting at the same time.

Zeschuk added that the number of Dragon Age games could increase as long as there is demand for them. "In the case of Dragon Age, it's exciting because there's this whole timeline and geography," he said. "So with Mass Effect, we're constantly thinking about the trilogy. But with Dragon Age, it's more open and you can put more all over the place. Seventeen... Sixty-six? Infinite! Infinite games for the Dragon Age universe!"

BioWare has definitely been aggressive with DLC and expansions for its dark fantasy franchise this year, with Awakenings released a mere 5 months after the original game and a comic book coming this spring, as well as a sequel already being hinted at.

But I'm not sure that the franchise will be around after 17 games. Heck, I'm not even sure I'll be around in 17 years...

Source: UGO

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This is good news. The Dragon Age and Mass Effect universes have alot of rich culture and politics to base many games off of. It's a cannon nightmare, but it's Bioware, they are awesome-o-power!

I hope they don't stick to the trilogy cliche. Just about everything is in a trilogy for some reason.
Haven't played DA yet, but if it's good then why not make as many games as possible? DLC that costs money gets under my skin in ways new games do not.

Drew Karpyshyn is a fucking genius and I will buy any game that is even tangentially connected to him.

Sure it's alot of games to be thinking about but this is Bioware we are talking about i think they can handle it.

It sounds insane, but I could believe them. I'm sure they wouldn't all make it to market, but 17 concepts is still pretty strong. And I can never have too much Dragon Age...

And this is what happens when you have a Canadian doctor run a company.

"What, I can actually make money now? GET STARTED ON ELEVENTY BILLION DRAGON AGES!"

...I can't complain.

If Bioware wants to make 17 more Dragon Age games I will buy them and be happy about it, because Dragon Age was bloody excellent. Bioware hasn't ever made a bad game (games with some flaws sure, but no duds), so I don't expect them to start now.

Games tend to get boring after you've made a trilogy. There's only so much you can do with a story arc before archetypes start repeating to the point of insanity. Notable exceptions are games such as Final Fantasy (because the Japanese don't surrender unless nuked) and Super Mario (see previous reason).

I'd prefer for them to try to develop more original content. I'm not talking reinvention of the wheel, because that's certainly not what Dragon Age was. Rather, BioWare is extremely proficient at taking run-of-the-mill concepts and making them multi-faceted masterpieces. If they can keep doing that, I'll keep buying their games. But I don't think they can milk Dragon Age for more than a trilogy.

LunaticFringe:
And this is what happens when you have a Canadian doctor run a company.

"What, I can actually make money now? GET STARTED ON ELEVENTY BILLION DRAGON AGES!"

...I can't complain.

I'm sure Bioware can make elventy billion games that are decent compared to some companies that can't even churn out one good game (looking at you Sonic Team).

No...No...No...

They're aren't even 17 Guitar Hero games yet! Or 17 main FF games, either.

Hey, Nintendo comes out with, like, 5 Mario games every year, so it's certainly an unlikely possibility.

What jumped out at me, though, was not the (relatively obscure) possibility of seventeen Dragon Age games but the fact that Greg Zeschuk's title is "creative officer." It just sounds so... mismatched. Think about it for a second.

If they maintain their level of quality, I'll buy them as fast as they can crank them out. I've been working my way through Awakening over the course of the week and it's just as good as Origins.

BioWare has been consistently producing the best RPGs of their generation since Baldur's Gate.

Good. I can't get enough of mah Dragon Age!

17 Dragon Age games?

I sure as shit won't complain!

*wonders why ,with Mass Effect games having such a sweet-ass presentation, the dragon age games look so bad*

Can't say Dragon Age interests me, it just looks like your generic Dungeon's and Dragons game with a smidgeon of Diablo, Warcraft and Elder Scrolls... oh wait... they're all pretty much the same too. I'll be interested in sequels when games actually introduce a new universe other than rehashing orcs goblins elves and some mysterious cult of magic users.

Title is rather misleading.

Well coonsidering that for both DA and ME they created their own IP universes they can make plenty games based on that concept, its just a matter of getting the idea into the world, and making it popular enough to create demand for it in years to come.

Obviously thats a lot harder feat to achive these days than it was back in the times of Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer o Star Wars franchise that still live untill today for better or worse. Nowadays you get plenty of new games, with anew release almost every day, some are less notable some more but the market is much more crowded.

Currently however BioWare covered 2 prime settings of worlds. DA being the high-fantasy setting with fireballs, dragons and swords clashing and ME giving something for sci-fi fans, having such two world at your disposal can proove to be good ground for taking over the wor-.. i mean developing 'infinite' ammount of games set in those worlds.

All i can say is good luck BioWare, if it works out it will be great but i wont cry if in 3-4 years they will come with yet another new IP to make a new serie.

Sure, Bioware, I'd love a glass of milk.

Considering how much content they've made for just a single country... heck they can go to the Free Marches, North to the Grey Warden stronghold, Orlais, The Quanari homelands...

That's pretty much the response I would have expected. Dragon Age is more or less a generic fantasy setting tailored by Bioware, which means that they pretty much can do whatever they want with it. Just consider how many campaigns are set in the primary DnD settings, how many stories there are, and what not. Now, also keep in mind that they're referring to a setting, and not necessarily a specific type of gameplay too.

What I expect with both Mass Effect and Dragon Age, is that when Bioware makes a game in a Sci-Fi setting, it'll be in the Mass Effect universe. Whenever Bioware makes a game in a fantasy setting, it'll be in the Dragon Age universe. They don't need to have the same storyline running through all of them, as they're both pretty generic (which doesn't translate into 'bad' - quite the opposite in this case) settings that could handle numerous different plots and gameplay styles.

. . and maybe if they put all 17 together they'd have a complete game. Minus cinematics, that is.

EDIT: whups, that's ME2 I'm thinking about there.

PopcornAvenger:
. . and maybe if they put all 17 together they'd have a complete game. Minus cinematics, that is.

im assuming your a bethesda fan?

DragonLance: Origins, now?

If they consider those crappy browser-based games like Dragon Age: Journeys as actual games of the franchise I think the 17 number could be accurate.

gmaverick019:

PopcornAvenger:
. . and maybe if they put all 17 together they'd have a complete game. Minus cinematics, that is.

im assuming your a bethesda fan?

More of a Bioware fan, or a former one, I dunno. I've got like six or seven of their titles, maybe more. DA and ME2 severely disappointed me, that's all. They lack the depth and replayability of their predecessors. It looks to me like Bioware is going on the "recurring revenue" train of putting out shallow games followed by DLC to flesh them out . . . DLC we are expected to pay for.

Nimbus:
Drew Karpyshyn is a fucking genius and I will buy any game that is even tangentially connected to him.

Apparently you never read "Rule of Two" lol

Not sure if Dragon Age is unique enough to constantly call for more games from the franchise. If other people think so, more power to it, but it will most likely "jump the shark" eventually and go the way of Final Fantasy and Pokemon. Anything good always grows stale as it is drawn out. I'm personally glad that Mass Effect will only have three games because a good story is one that knows how to stop. Keep up the good work, Bioware!

I have no problem with buying 17 Dragon Age Games. If they are as good as Origins and Awakening than they are worth buying.

CloakedOne:

Nimbus:
Drew Karpyshyn is a fucking genius and I will buy any game that is even tangentially connected to him.

Apparently you never read "Rule of Two" lol

Not sure if Dragon Age is unique enough to constantly call for more games from the franchise. If other people think so, more power to it, but it will most likely "jump the shark" eventually and go the way of Final Fantasy and Pokemon. Anything good always grows stale as it is drawn out. I'm personally glad that Mass Effect will only have three games because a good story is one that knows how to stop. Keep up the good work, Bioware!

They've already said there's going to be more than 3 Mass Effect games, with the rest (obviously) coming after the trilogy. There's a much wider range of things they can do with it, IMHO, and I hope they continue to produce one of the best and only sci-fi game series I play.

As for Dragon Age? It's strength isn't in being "new" or "unique" (which it isn't), it's the way it turns fantasy stereotypes on their heads, the lack of any real light at the end of the tunnel and just how realistically gritty it can be.

I want a game about elves. I liked the little twist Bioware came up with for elves in Dragon Age, but i felt they haven't quite used it's potential. I want a game that deepens their story and details their plight, i think it would have the potential to make the player (elven, for maximum impact) much more emotionally invested. I like it when a game triggers emotions, and DAO has certainly done that, but i want more! And elves!

And that's pretty strange 'cause generally i'm really not into elves. But i am into oppressed cultures and love to support underdogs.

Yes, like God Of War they pretty much said they plan to exploit Mass Effect as long as they can. Good on some levels, disappointing on others.

Dragon Age is rife with potential as well, and was never intended to tell a specific story, so I guess I can see where they are coming from with it's long-term potential. As long as they don't start watering down the RPG elements and making dumb excuses like they tried to with "Mass Effect 2" (claiming that making custom ammo a skill, was "the same thing" as being able to install up to 3 differant mods on a gun.. uh huh, this was from Game Informer I beieve)

However, also keep in mind that Bioware is spreading itself thin. VERY thin. It's also got a massive and highly anticipated MMORPG in the works. Truthfully I think it's going to become increasingly difficult to keep all these balls in the air. Their work did so well because of the time behind it, and truthfully I think they are going to hit a massive crunch especially of KOTOR online succeeds because then they will have the pressure of constantly expanding, and fixing that game, not to mention trying to churn out a full fledged expansion every year to 18 months to maintain the player base.

I'm okay with this. It sparks to mind the Dragon Lance/Forgotten Realms ideas, of having large open worlds where things can be happening to different character groups, different locations, chronologically, as legend, as descendant, things like that. They can go the Elder Scrolls route, opening up new continents, or take a different track, open up new nations competing and vying for power. This is kind of exciting.

You know, all the lore in Dragon Age kind of gave the impression that someone (or some people) sat down and said to themselves "Right! Now let's write us some history!" It all feels just a bit too forced, like someone's trying really hard to sell you a world but comes across as a vaccuum cleaner salesman. I don't know. Will seventeen more games add to or subtract from that feeling?

This may actually be a good series with a huge amount of games, unlike Final Fantasy..

Greg Tito:

Heck, I'm not even I'll be around in 17 years...

I think you're missing a word there.

OT: Good! I like the Dragon Age series, I look forward to more from BioWare. I love those guys.

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